Playita del Condado

Puerto Rico

  •  Photo: Theresa Boehl

  •  Photo: Theresa Boehl

  •  Photo: Theresa Boehl

  •  Photo: Theresa Boehl

Pint-Sized Playa

Though at first glance tiny Playita del Condado looks as if it’s reserved for guests of the Condado Plaza Hilton, this sliver of sand belongs to anyone looking for a mini getaway in the corridor between the Condado neighborhood and the islet of Old San Juan.

There are bigger and better beaches in this Caribbean city, but this delightful beach is an unexpected treat and the ideal aquatic playground for kids.

San Juan Secret

The “Playita,” as it’s known by locals, is open during daylight hours and watched over by hotel employees. Chairs and umbrellas are available for rent, though most guests simply lay a blanket in the sand. The water is shallow and waves aren’t too strong, thanks to several rock walls around the cove. Across the water, you can see several high-rise hotel properties overlooking the mouth of the lagoon.

Kids can splash to their hearts’ content — no need to worry about rough waters and sneaky undertows. Bring a snorkeling mask to spot tiny white fish circling your feet.

Nearby Dining Options

Though vendors sometimes set up shop near the beach, there isn’t much in the way of dining in this sector (though we’d be remiss not to mention the Denny’s across the street and the restaurants inside the Hilton).

Follow Avenida Ashford east toward the Condado neighborhood for a wide selection of restaurants, or head west into Old San Juan where a world of culinary choice awaits.

Playita del Condado at a Glance

City:San Juan

Country or State:Puerto Rico

Length of Beach:200 feet

Access:By car, taxi or bus

Best time to visit:Late summer/early fall

High Season:Dec. to April

Low Season:May to November

Beach Hours:Open during daylight hours


  • Denny's across the street; restaurants in Condado Plaza Hilton
  • Snorkel gear and kayaks for rent
  • Lifeguards on duty occasionally

Beach Type:

  • Golden sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular